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Every once in awhile an opportunity arises for freelancers khổng lồ present their work or expertise to peers và prospective sầu clients. Agreeing lớn take part is at best a fantastic chance lớn network, a way to exchange ideas và insights or lớn piông xã up contacts that will give sầu you work. At worst, it is a terrifying và overwhelming commitment.

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Designing a slide dechồng is one of the first steps to prepare for a presentation and will help guide the organization of your talk. Engaging slides will not only help you better communicate your ideas to your audience, it will demonstrate your professionalism, and knowing you"ve sầu got a good deông chồng will reinforce your confidence as you get up to lớn speak.

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Now let"s get inkhổng lồ these killer slide deck presentation thiết kế tips.

Setting up Your Slide Deck

1. Software: If you"re unsure how to begin building your slides, Keynote (part of the iWork bundle) is widely considered the favorite presentation software of designers who are also seasoned presenters. PowerPoint & plain old PDFs will also vị the triông chồng.

Learn how to start using PowerPoint in this tutorial:

While software should be established upfront, it is arguably a secondary concern. The qualities that will make or break your presentation are the content & the design. Spend most of your time creating and displaying your content.

2. File format: Ask whoever is organizing your event how you should deliver your presentation.

Will there be a computer và a projector for you to use?What file types are accepted?How big is the presentation room? This will give you an idea how large lớn phối your text, though generally, bigger is always better.

A PDF is usually a safe bet and serves as a reliable backup to lớn whatever format you go with. If you are running the slides yourself, go over the keyboard shortcuts và make sure you can navigate your way around the software so that your presentation will run uninterrupted.

3. Size: Generally, a 1024x768 kích thước at 72 dpi is yet another safe bet. Most projectors vị not have sầu a resolution higher than this (those that vày tover to lớn be pricier). Images smaller than the projector"s output will enlarge fuzzy và pixelated, so plan for the best case scenario, or highest size possible, keeping in mind that the larger the presentation kích thước the larger (và heavier) your file size. The 1024x768 resolution strikes a good balance between displaying nicely and running smoothly.

4. Transitions: Go easy on the transitional animations. Simple và subtle transitions vì the trichồng of getting from one slide to lớn the next without distracting from your important nội dung. Transitions on their own are not all that important lớn a slide deông xã, but implemented carefully, they can add that final, professional touch.

5. Templates: A presentation template design needs to be truly worth using. They can be poorly designed, commonly used (others will have sầu the same deông chồng as you), or are not versatile enough lớn create an interesting presentation. It is better lớn make your own unique template with a simple background or texture & consistent use of fonts. 

Ideally, the design will speak lớn your subject matter. If you"re not experienced at designing your own slides though, here are some professional PowerPoint templates for inspiration or purchase.

6. Give sầu yourself credit: Make sure your name và a way lớn tương tác you are clearly labeled within your deck, typically on the first or last slides, or both.

Preparing Your Content

7. Placement: Unless you are confident that your presentation will take place in a venue with stadium seating, be sure lớn place text và important information at the top of the slide. This way those in the baông chồng can still get the gist of your talk without trying lớn dodge the heads & hairdos of tall people standing in front of them.

8. Leave sầu room for additional insights: Do not plan to reiterate what is already apparent on the slide. Words & images should be a trigger for what you are going to lớn say, reinforcing your speech, not making your speech redundant.

9. One idea per slide: Text & visuals on the same slide should speak to lớn the same idea. What you are saying while that slide is on display should also support that idea, even if you plan to lớn go further inlớn depth. 

Better yet, choose the deepest idea – the most detailed or the most complex – to lớn display on your slide so that people will listen as you build up your narrative, helping them make sense of what they are seeing. This reinforces understanding. If you need or want to lớn talk about a new idea, create another slide. If the idea is not worthy of a new slide then perhaps you could reconsider whether it is necessary khổng lồ include it.

10. Avoid bullet points: When you are able, trade the list format for a more interesting photograph or illustration that demonstrates the same idea. If you cannot avoid them completely, limit yourself lớn three short bullets, which will be easier to digest than five or ten long ones.


11. Bigger is better: Use large text và large images. The larger the better because they will be easier for those in the baông chồng khổng lồ see. This should go without saying, but too many presentations have images with photographs too small lớn see from a distance. Consider swapping small images with a svào headline or a larger illustration.

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12. One image per slide: Just as there should be one idea per slide, there should also only be one image per slide. This keeps the message straightforward and focused, & it ensures you will take the advice above and use extra-large images.

13. Vary your visuals: Your deông chồng shouldn"t have 100% of one type of graphic. Ideally it will mix photographs, illustrations, và text to lớn sustain your audience"s interest. The same format over & over again is boring, which is another reason not to use a standard template.

14. Creative sầu Commons: Images with Creative Commons licenses are uploaded for miễn phí use in things like presentations, but be sure you provide proper image credit. Some licenses allow manipulation of an image, others bởi vì not. Nearly all require attribution, so be sure lớn provide credits when you insert the image inkhổng lồ your slide show. Find the images you need by searching via CreativeCommons.org.


15. Display less than 15 words per slide, preferably less than 10: The faster someone can read what"s on your slide, the quicker they will return lớn your face and concentrate on what you are saying. However uncomfortable this idea may make you, it is this engagement that you need in order to lớn captivate your audience và deliver an effective presentation.

These statistics give sầu you an idea of how fast your audience will be able to absorb your nội dung (as well as how fast you will be able to lớn share it). The average person:

speaks about 150 words per minute;reads about 250 to lớn 300 words per minute;writes about trăng tròn words per minute while copying.

Rethành viên, you want your audience to lớn be paying attention lớn you while they are looking at the slides. Note: Your audience will read faster than you can speak. The duration of a slide should last no longer than a couple of minutes, which is no hard và fast rule, but the idea is that you should feel confident you are not boring your audience. It only takes a split second to lớn chiến bại someone"s interest và can take quite a few more to lớn regain it.

16. Ensure colors are high-contrast: Most projectors vị not display perfectly accurate color. Also, the rooms that you present in are rarely pitch blachồng, even when the lights are out và curtains are drawn. This unfortunate truism means there will be less contrast onscreen, và even though they look slick, darker colors (like red on black) become difficult to lớn read. Instead use light-colored text on a dark background or vice versa.

17. Use legible type with a good weight: Just as you should opt for colors with high contrast, you also want people to lớn be able khổng lồ read your slides from a distance. Avoid thin và ultra-thin typefaces which have a tendency lớn disappear inlớn their backgrounds. Also avoid difficult-to-read display fonts, unless of course the effect is intentional.

Delivering Your Presentation

18. Walk through your slides ahead of time: Attempt a dry-run of your presentation with your slides at least twice. This will help you figure out which slides might be irrelevant, whether the ordering is appropriate, as well as how to transition from one idea khổng lồ the next. 

The more familiar you are with your slides và the narrative you intend khổng lồ spin around them, the smoother your presentation will go. Chechồng out the excellent tips in Learning lớn Love sầu (or Survive) Speaking Events.

19. Write a script: If you are worried about losing your place while you are speaking, write a script lớn sit alongside your slides that will jog your memory (simply two or three bullet points per slide). You can always keep this các mục next to you & refer to lớn it while you present.

đôi mươi. Surprise your audience & yourself: Don"t include anything in your slide deông xã that bores you, or it will surely bore your audience as well. Amuốn the ways lớn keep your slides interesting:

Be funny. Tell a joke or show a comical illustration.Talk about why you"re passionate.Tell a personal story.

Your slides should reinforce these ideas. Try to lớn imagine the possibilities with your dechồng. Look at other decks for inspiration. Be sure to lớn attempt a creative sầu approach toward your subject-matter, even if it means taking a risk. Doing so will make your presentation more memorable.


Once your presentation is over và done with (whew), try not to lớn fully relax until you"ve sầu followed through completely.

21. Share your slides: Host your slides in a public forums for people khổng lồ see and download, which will allow you to continue reaping the benefits of your presentation well after the sự kiện is over. You"ve sầu invested time & effort into designing an awesome deck, so this is the least you can bởi for yourself.

Slidenội dung is one appropriate network with a huge user platkhung of 45 million people. The không tính phí trương mục provides an easy embed code, as well as viewing & tải về stats for your files (the pay-for tài khoản provides additional user analytics). 

Double kiểm tra that your slides have uploaded properly, then make it widely known on your other networks (Twitter, Linked In, Facebook) that you have sầu made these slides publicly available. 

If people like your deck they"ll be more inclined to tải về your SlideShare, give sầu their own presentations, & spread your message, & after all there is no better networking mechanism than one that does the work for you. Learn how khổng lồ use SlideShare in this tutorial: 

22. Saying thanks: Others have sầu generously expended time và energy lớn ensure you have sầu a place lớn share your work và ideas. Gratefulness is an excellent networking technique (and generally a great life skill) that improves your community. Be sure to:

Engage in dialogue with new contacts who reach out to lớn you.Thank others who presented with you. Offer them feedbaông xã on their presentations and add them to your networks.Thank the organizers who invited you to lớn present. With any luck, they"ll invite you back in the future.

Do you have any additional tips for designing a great slide deck? We"d love sầu lớn hear your ideas.

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Editorial Note: A few times a month we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts. This article was first published March 3rd, 2011, yet is just as relevant và full of useful information today.